Achilles Tendinopathy is the term used to describe pain in the Achilles tendon. This is the tendon joining your calf muscles to your heel bone, which also happens to be your strongest tendon in your body.
Tendinopathy refers to the degenerative changes or breakdown in the structure of the tendon, resulting in a weakened and painful tendon.
This condition is commonly a result of overuse and can develop in any age; however it is more common in middle-age men (30-40yrs), along with athletes or highly active people.
Causes of Achilles Tendinopathy
There are numerous factors which can lead to the development of an Achilles Tendinopathy, however the most common factor is repetitive or prolonged activities which place strain on the Achilles tendon. Activities can include running, walking, or jumping.
Signs, Symptoms & Pain
Pain is commonly located in the middle of the tendon or at the boney insertion of the tendon. Other common signs and symptoms include:
Research reports that the best management for tendinopathies lies in conservative management which can be provided and guided by your physiotherapist.
There are multiple medical treatment options which can be provided by a general practitioner or a sports specialist. These treatment options tend only to be utilized once conservative physiotherapy management fails however can include nitric oxide patches or localized blood injections.
How long will it take for my tendinopathy to recover?
The time for your tendon to recover can be considerably varied from 3-18 months, much longer than muscles or bones take to recover. Even when tendon is pain free to a current level of activity, some degeneration still remains and a long-term maintenance program is often best to prevent recurrent flare-ups.
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